Aerial Altitude Gas Pipeline
Design of new cheap aerial pipelines, a large flexible tube deployed at high altitude, for delivery of natural (fuel) gas over a long distance is delineated. The main component of the natural gas is methane, which has a specific weight less than air. The lift force of one cubic meter of methane equals approximately 0.5 kg. The lightweight film flexible pipeline can be located in air at high altitude and, as such, does not damage the environment. This aerial pipeline dramatically decreases the cost and the time of construction relative to conventional pipelines of steel, which saves energy and greatly lowers the capital cost of construction.
The article contains a computed project for delivery of 24 billion cubic meters of gas per year.